Small Ships Navigation and Radar - SSNR
The Small Ships Navigation and Radar (SSNR) course is an intensive course of study which follows the syllabus set out by the MCA/ MNTB, and forms part of the wider ranging Navigation Aids and Equipment Simulator Training (NAEST) course.
The aim of the course is to equip seafarers with the knowledge and skills needed to keep a safe navigational watch using radar, electronic charts, automatic plotting aids and other electronic equipment used to assist watchkeeping.
SSNR training will include extensive use of our Transas full mission bridge simulator.
Pre- Course Requirements
There are no formal pre-requisites, however, candidates wishing to undertake Small Ships Navigation and Radar training are expected to have a sound knowledge of the International Regulations for the Prevention of Collisions at Sea, navigational lights, signals, flags and buoyage together with some experience of chartwork.
- Basic principles of coastal navigation, passage planning and the use of radar and other electronic aids to navigation commonly found on small vessels. representative of real situations and tailored wherever possible to local navigational circumstances.
- Practical exercises including simulator based exercises representative of real situations and tailored wherever possible to local navigational circumstances.
- The exercises seek to promote high standards of safe navigation and watch keeping.
- Group discussion and analysis after every exercise.
The course will be a mixture of theory and practical sessions using the bridge simulator to consolidate the skills and procedures taught in order to achieve the required standard.
Assessment and Certification
Assessment is by means of a written and practical examination at the end of the course.
Successful candidates will be awarded the MCA Small Ships Navigation and Radar certificate.